Celebrate NYE at the Cleveland Zoo

This annual event gives kids the opportunity to ring in the New Year, just 12 hours earlier.
Amanda Amsel
Dec 16, 2013

“There will be a variety of activities families can participate in as they ring in the New Year,” said Joe Yachanin, public relations specialist for Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. “There will be everything from animal encounters to ice carving demonstrations to arts and crafts activities.”

Want to go?

WHAT: Noon Year’s Eve
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31 
WHERE: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way in Cleveland
$8.25/adults; $5.25/children (2 years old to 11 years old); free/children (under 2 years old)
INFO: www.clevelandmetroparks.com

“We have this event during the day because kids usually don’t stay up late enough to see the ball drop,” said Yachanin. “By having it at noon kids are wide awake so they can be a part of the celebration.”

The event will feature an array of activities that the whole family will love. Some of these activities include a special Wild Animal Show, ReZOOlutions and eco-friendly craft activities.

“There will also be live music and costume characters wondering around,” Yachanin said. “And a special ball drop at noon, so families can count down to the New Year together.”

Attendance for the event really depends on the weather, one year on an exceptional warm winter day over 15,000 people attended the event. However, usually between 4,000 and 5,000 people attend.

“Kids are always in such a hurry to grow up, so letting them participate in a special ball drop makes them feel like grownups for one night,” Yachanin said. “It also is special for parents because they get to celebrate the New Year with their children, while still getting to go out later in the evening.”

For more information on Noon Year’s Eve, visit www.clevelandmetroparks.com.